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Jason Heyward
Jason Heyward Votes
Drafted: 2007, 1st (14)
304
2007
Rank
NR
ETA in
Majors
2010

Statistically speaking: Think the lefty-swinging outfielder will have trouble with southpaws? Think again. Heyward hit .339 in 112 ABs vs. LHP in 2009; .316 vs. RHP. In his career, he's hit lefties at a .335 clip, righties at .313. The power has been better against right-handers, with 23 out of his 29 homers coming against RHP.

Scouting report: There's little Heyward can't do. He's got great bat speed, with the ability to hit for average and power. He has an excellent knowledge of the strike zone. He's got a plus arm from the outfield, runs well and is an excellent base-runner. His makeup is off the charts. Oh, and he's only 20. The only small knock has been a little bit of an injury history.

Upside potential: All-Star right field prototype, a la Dave Winfield or Dave Parker.

They said it: "Jason works very hard to be a complete player. Not only is he a fine prospect as a hitter, but he is a very good defensive outfielder and an outstanding baserunner as well. He does a lot of things in a game that help his team be successful." -- Braves farm director Kurt Kemp

He said it: "My eye is always on the ball. The goal has always been the same thing: be in the Major Leagues. That's the biggest thing, to be in Atlanta. And playing baseball well, supporting the team, contributing in my own way. To play the game successfully at the Major League level, not just to be up there and soak it in. That's what I've always enjoyed doing, playing the game hard and playing it well."